Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to the Department of Justice ordering it to enhance the performance evaluations of immigration judges as regards their speed, fairness, and uniformity in deciding immigration cases. These criteria are the so-called performance metrics that Sessions believe will aid in the lowering and, ultimately, eliminating the 650,000 case backlog in the Immigration Courts. However, the National Association of Immigration Judges has aired their concern that imposing strict performance metrics will affect fairness and the impartiality of immigration judges.
Sessions, in the said memorandum, mentions that the Trump Administration plans to strictly enforce immigration laws and reform the immigration system. The Justice Department has hired 50 new judges since President Trump took office and intends to hire 60 more in the coming six months.